Jay Eum

Board Member


Co-Founder and Managing Director - TransLink Capital

Jay Eum is Co-Founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Jay focuses on consumer technology, including mobile, gaming, and consumer devices. He leads TransLink's activities supporting portfolio companies with their customers and partners, primarily in Korea. Jay’s active current investments include Chartboost, Epic, nWay, Peel, Quixey, SoundHound, and Tango. Noteworthy past investments include Carbonite (CARB), Enterprise DB (ACQ: Peak Equity), and YuMe (YUME).  

Before co-founding TransLink, Jay was the head of Samsung Ventures America. Jay directly led several successful Samsung Ventures investments including AnalogTech (AATI), Continuous Computing (ACQ: RadiSyS), DivX (DIVX), InPhi (IPHI), Intellon (ITLN), MontaVista (ACQ: Cavium), Pure Digital (ACQ: Cisco), Techwell (TWLL) and Teknovus (ACQ: Broadcom). Prior to joining Samsung, Jay was an investment officer with the Silicon Valley office of Vertex Management, a global VC firm headquartered in Singapore. At Vertex, Jay focused on investments in communications, mobile, and Internet, including Aicent (ACQ: Syniverse), GRIC Communications (GRIC), Mobile 365 (ACQ: Sybase), and PayPal (ACQ: eBay). Before Vertex, Jay was Senior Director of Business Development at Dialpad Communications (ACQ: Yahoo). Jay also worked as an Associate at McKinsey in Palo Alto, New York, Beijing, and Seoul, and at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong.   

Jay received an MBA from Stanford University, as well as an M.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University. Jay serves as President & Board Director of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) and Board Director of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). He is also an Advisor for Korea Innovation Center (KIC) Silicon Valley. Jay enjoys travel, Sci-Fi movies, and spicy food.